November 1, 2023 –

Great story. Anonymous author

One day, a farmer’s donkey fell into a Well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old and the Well needed to be covered up anyway; retrieving the donkey wasn’t worth it. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the Well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovelloads later, the farmer finally looked down the Well and was astonished at what he saw. The donkey was doing something amazing with every shovel of dirt that hit his back. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued shoveling dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and step up. Soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is shaking it off and stepping up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells and take a step up!

  1. Free your heart from hatred.
  2. Free your mind from worries.
  3. Live simply.
  4. Give more.
  5. Expect less.